February 16, 2010

Tuesday’s Water News: NYT Op-Ed Makes Case for Infrastructure Investment

Posted in Georgia, Michigan, Missouri, National, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Texas at 6:34 pm by bradhannon

Today in The New York Times columnist Bob Herbert addresses the need for greater federal investment in water infrastructure. Below is the most relevant part of the column where Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell talks about the problems with the state’s water infrastructure.

As he recalled, the city had a long cold snap with about a month and a half of below-freezing temperatures. Then, abruptly, the mercury rose into the 60s, he said, “and 58 of our water mains broke, causing all sorts of havoc.”

The pipes were old. Some were ancient. “My water people told me that some had been laid in the 19th century,” said Mr. Rendell, “and they were laid shallow, without much protection. So with any radical changes in temperature, they were susceptible to breaking. We had a real emergency on our hands.”

Headlines
In North Dakota, the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa has received a $1 million grant to complete funding for a $3.3 million water tower project.  The Bureau of Reclamation is contributing $1.3 million and the Indian Health Service $1 million to the project.

The City of Arlington, Texas announced on Sunday that a sanitary sewer overflow had occurred due to “the volume of snow melt.” The overflow dumped into Lake Arlington, a source of drinking water for the City of Arlington.

Stimulus Spotlight
Officials gathered on Monday in Fresno, Ohio for the groundbreaking on construction of a new wastewater treatment plant. The project is expected to cost $3.4 million and will be funded in part by a $2.14 million loan from the economic stimulus, which does not need to be repaid because it is a principal forgiveness loan.

A $1.2-million project is now under way in Kirbyville, Missouri where approximately 40 commercial and residential structures in the village will be hooked to a centralized sewer system by July.  The project is being funded by stimulus funds and Taney County’s half-cent sewer sales tax.

Sewer Rate News
Avon, Ohio
Albany, Oregon
Genoa Township, Michigan
Lula, Georgia

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